Centuries before natural gas and petroleum gave prominence to Qatar as one of the world's fastest growing economies, the country was known for its prized Arabians horses.
When the Al Thani ancestors, the ruling family of the State of Qatar, migrated out of the inhospitable Arabian desert three centuries ago to settle in Qatar, the Arabian horse was a vital part of daily life.
The Arabian horse played an important role in the founding of Qatar. In 1893, Bedouin tribesmen and their courageous Arabian steeds, led by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, defeated the Ottomans in a battle that would eventually led to Qatar's independence.
Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic pulled all stops to win CHI AL SHAQAB’s 100,000 Euro Freestyle and his score of 77.275 made him snatch the purse from Carl Hester and Nip Tuck. The British four time Olympian had won the Grand Prix on Friday. Anders Dahl from Denmark came third riding Wie-Atlantico de Ymas to 75.300
The Endurance Team heads to its biggest race of the year at the Open FEI European Championships September 10, in Florac, France.
The Endurance Team continues their summer campaign in Cazon, Argentina, at the Al Shaqab Challenge race June 17-18, 2011.
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